ATHENS: 40km steel wall from Greece to Turkey border! Greek Defense Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopulos visited the border, Greece built a 40-kilometer wall on the Turkish border against the influx of immigrants.
Greek Defense Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopulos visited the border region; He examined the steel wall and the electronic surveillance system that was built. “The Afghanistan crisis creates opportunities for migrant influxes,” said the Greek Minister, adding, “We cannot wait passively for the possible impact.”
Greece began installing the 40-kilometer steel fence last year. Since 2015, approximately 60 thousand immigrants remain in Greece. The Athenian government has intensified border patrols by fencing off migrant camps and by land and sea in recent months.
.."Our borders will remain safe and inviolable", stressed the Deputy Minister of Citizen Protection Michalis Chrysochoidis in joint statements with the Minister of Defense Nikos Panagiotopoulos, after their visit to Evros today.
"It is our decision - and this is the order of the Prime Minister that we are conveying today to the officers of the Armed Forces and the Greek Police and to the local bodies - to defend our borders. Our borders will remain secure and inviolable. "We will not allow unauthorized and erratic movements and we will not allow any attempt to violate them", the Minister of Citizen Protection stated characteristically.
"The Afghan crisis is creating new data in the geopolitical sphere and at the same time it is creating opportunities for migration flows. It is known that we as a European country participate in the institutions of the European Union and within this framework a number of decisions are taken, however as a country we can not wait impatiently for the possible consequences ", noted Mr. Chrysochoidis and added:" We support the democratic rights and freedoms of the people but at the same time we cannot allow the instrumentalization of the migratory flows that may arise ".
For his part, Mr. Panagiotopoulos assured that "Greece continues to be shielded against any potential or existing security threat" and that what was found in the places they visited with Mr. Chrysochoidis and along all land borders is " the excellent and upgraded operation of the border guard systems, with the valuable assistance of all ELAS and Armed Forces executives in terms of harmonious and excellent cooperation between them but also with the development of state-of-the-art surveillance systems ". In fact, as he noted, "we looked at ways to strengthen these systems."
Mr. Chrysochoidis also referred to the "significant upgrade of border security and protection compared to 18 months ago, when the crisis in Evros", noting: "The construction of the fence, which is about 40 km long critical points of our borders - by the way and not only - a project that is admirable, that creates possibilities and conditions for deterrence and also completed the integrated automated electronic border surveillance system, which we visited today for the first time and is starting to work these days . It is extremely technologically advanced, with great potential and efficiency in border surveillance ".
Regarding the previous meeting, he noted that "a number of very specific operational measures have been decided, which will be deployed in the next period of time and will create further deterrent capacity".
He praised the harmonious cooperation between the Armed Forces, the Greek Army and the Greek Police, each with distinct roles but at the same time with many combined actions. He also praised "the effort and the work that the Greek Army produces here in the region and in border security by creating a series of deterrent conditions, which builds our borders every day. "There is now a lot of know-how, a lot of experience, a lot of training and most importantly what exists is high morale and high prudence."